If you want to stay in Osaka Hana Hostel, you may have to book at least 4 months in advance. This hostel opened up in July 2012 and that’s noticeable when you walk in the building as everything look brand new. Also the hostel is part of J-Hoppers group, a large hostel/guesthouse group around Japan. That’s one of the reasons why Osaka Hana Hostel is popular among travellers.
When arriving at the hostel, you are greeted by a cheery staff member at the front desk. They immediately make you feel welcome. Because check-in is after 15.00hr, and we arrived at 10.00hr, we could just leave our bag in their baggage storage room and use the facilities of the lounge area in Japanese style.
You also get a coupon for a free sake in the Sake bar, which is a part of Hana Hostel as well.
Just a few minute walk away from Shinsaibashi subway station, Osaka Hana Hostel offers private and dormitory accommodations. And best of all, FREE WIFI! I stayed in a female only dormitory room which was clean and big. Each bed has its own curtains, bed light, a plug socket and a small wooden trunk to store your valuable stuff. I choose a dorm bed because of the price, but also to get to know more people. Unfortunately the people in the dorm weren’t as talkative as I thought.
There’s a shared kitchen if you want to cook your own meal, which I did. Well, actually not cooking. Just boiling hot water for my cup of ramen hihi. There’s a big fridge to store your food and a coin-operated washing machine for your dirty laundry. The kitchen is connected to a western style living room where you can watch Japanese TV shows. When we were sitting there no one was around. I think many people don’t spend much time in a hostel. Or maybe it was late in the evening that we were having some midnight snack and many people were already sleeping.
The shower rooms are very clean and spacious, same as the toilet. These Japanese toilets are very high-tech, too many buttons for a toilet in my opinion! Don’t forget to bring your own towel or if you don’t have you can borrow one from the hostel, but you pay a small amount of fee for that.
If you plan on staying out late, you don’t have to worry that you can’t get in the building anymore. On each key chain there’s a code written for the door lock. Because the front desk is leaving at 22.00hr, you need to be sober enough to punch in the password of the front door.
I like this hostel a lot because of its cleanness and spacious beds. Also the location is quite good, right in the heart of Shinsaibashi!
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